These are from a woman named Regina Brett who wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived, and obviously has a pretty great life with this attitude.
These magnificent life lessons are a great reminder to us all, that we should remember what is really important in life.
Start living your life to your best potential.
Carpe Diem....sieze the day.
* Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
* When in doubt, just take the next small step.
* Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
* Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
* Pay off your credit cards every month.
* You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
* Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
* Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
* When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
* Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
* It's OK to let your children see you cry.
* Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea about their journey.
* If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
* Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
* You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
* A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
* It's never too late to have a happy childhood. This one is up to you.
* When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
* Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; use the good dishes; wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
* Overprepare, then go with the flow.
* Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
* The most important sex organ is the brain.
* No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
* Frame every life disaster with this: "In five years, will this matter?"
* Forgive everyone everything.
* What other people think of you is none of your business.
* Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
* However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
* Your friends will take care of you when you are sick. Stay in touch.
* Believe in miracles.
* Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
* Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
* Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
* Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
* If we threw our problems in a pile and saw others, we'd want ours back.
* Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
* Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
* All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
* Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
* The best is yet to come.
* No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
* Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
* If you don't ask, you don't get.
* Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.